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Just that really, in a bid to salvage a currently unsaleable car !

I can appreciate that modding a GTI does appeal to some, but here’s a great example of why you shouldn’t !

The link will take you to the main page where you can then click on the “Info Here“ link to the “Modified Parts Now For Sale”.

Now, does anyone know who Jake is ?

Edit: Notice how in the photo’s the number plate has been obscured. I can understand at least one possible reason for that, as a prospective buyer might become somewhat concerned if they realised that the “nearly new” car they had just bought had been used as a second hand parts donor vehicle ! :rolleyes:.
 

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Unless you sell a modded car really cheap most people won’t find someone else’s idea of improving the standard car a desirable selling point.
Always keep the std parts so you can re fit them as Volkswizard has discovered .
 
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I don’t doubt that he’ll sell the parts, both in a timely fashion and at a profit as there are plenty of others like Jake out there who will think that they’re getting a good deal, but the whole story does very little for the reputation of someone who is usually much more transparent. If anything, it comes across as little other than desperation ... To invite people to bring their cars along so that parts can be exchanged from one vehicle to the other in an effort to make his saleable to a potentially unsuspecting honest purchaser ?

Sounds more like ”Kerbside Motor Sales”, and not what most of us have come to expect from Andrew.
 

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Volkswizard wants £1,800 plus OEM seats trade-in for the Cobra seats. Although that price includes labour I'm not sure it's the greatest deal anyway given that for
the pair of seats in Jacara trim, with optional heating, lumbar support and fitting kit, I was recently quoted £1,720.98 inc. VAT & free UK delivery. Brand new. Don't know where they got "£3,000 new" from :oops: A tad disingenuous that, I would suggest.
 

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Hello all.

My first post on this forum as I don’t really do this sort of stuff due to the fact there is a lot of negativity and condescending comments by people sat behind a key board who offer there opinions as they know best.

But to the rest of you who have contributed positively, thank you.

As you can guess by the name , I am Jake.

I have recently bought a GTI up which is an amazing little car.

I have also recently reserved a Induction kit and dump valve off the “volkswizard” car. OMG!!

At first I did want the exhaust but due to the fact I’m driving to Italy in June I didn’t want the drone all the way through the alps.

Just a quick question. What are plenty of other jakes out there? I can’t understand that statement?

I just want to know how someone knows me so well as I’ve just joined the forum.

Kind regards
Jake
 

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Hello all.

My first post on this forum as I don’t really do this sort of stuff due to the fact there is a lot of negativity and condescending comments by people sat behind a key board who offer there opinions as they know best.

But to the rest of you who have contributed positively, thank you.

As you can guess by the name , I am Jake.

I have recently bought a GTI up which is an amazing little car.

I have also recently reserved a Induction kit and dump valve off the “volkswizard” car. OMG!!

At first I did want the exhaust but due to the fact I’m driving to Italy in June I didn’t want the drone all the way through the alps.

Just a quick question. What are plenty of other jakes out there? I can’t understand that statement?

I just want to know how someone knows me so well as I’ve just joined the forum.

Kind regards
Jake
Hello Jake, and welcome to the forum.

You must be referring to my post. I didn’t refer to “plenty of other Jakes out there”, nor did I claim to know you at all. What I wrote was “I don’t doubt that he’ll sell the parts, both in a timely fashion and at a profit as there are plenty of others like Jake out there who will think that they’re getting a good deal“.

I hope this clears things up and look forward to hearing more about your road trip to Italy.

P.S. I’ve no idea what route you’re planning to take, but if you have the time, I can thoroughly recommend taking the coast road from Nice, past Mentone and Monaco, turning left at Ventimiglia and passing over the Alps through the Col-de-Tenda, descending again into Italy through Limone Piemonte. Breathtaking scenery ! ... Stop at Breil-sur-Roya to stretch the legs and grab a snack at the Spar shop ! :D
 

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Volkswizard wants £1,800 plus OEM seats trade-in for the Cobra seats. Although that price includes labour I'm not sure it's the greatest deal anyway given that for
the pair of seats in Jacara trim, with optional heating, lumbar support and fitting kit, I was recently quoted £1,720.98 inc. VAT & free UK delivery. Brand new. Don't know where they got "£3,000 new" from :oops: A tad disingenuous that, I would suggest.
Thats an amazing price for the Nogaro's

Just a quick one, did that include brackets and fitting kit?
 

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It certainly is a cautionary tale.

The seats are lovely but expensive, and if I were to buy a set I would defo want to keep the originals and swap them back in for resale then sell the Corbras separately. Best way of getting the money back.
 

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Volkswizard wants £1,800 plus OEM seats trade-in for the Cobra seats. Although that price includes labour I'm not sure it's the greatest deal anyway given that for
the pair of seats in Jacara trim, with optional heating, lumbar support and fitting kit, I was recently quoted £1,720.98 inc. VAT & free UK delivery. Brand new. Don't know where they got "£3,000 new" from :oops: A tad disingenuous that, I would suggest.
I will put them on the credit card now if I can get that price. But it was no where near when I got a quote from them. Are you sure thats not for a single seat?
 

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Nope, two seats, I have the e-mail to confirm it. How much are they asking from you for the same?
 

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Woah, back up a little. Where's the lack of transparancy? He's literally explained everything and platered it all over a public website for people to see what he's doing :D

There is nothing wrong with what he's doing, anyone with a modded car (should!) do the same - and he's hardly going to sell the parts and be left with a car with no seats, no suspension or no wheels - of course he's going to want your parts so he can put it back to standard and sell it....he's a motor trader, they want to sell cars. It's not like he's repairing a smashed up car and trying to sell it as something else.

You'll be amazed at how many "mint" used cars you've bought from official dealers have had parts repaired, replaced, refilled or painted. Heck, even brand new cars get repainted once delivered or have parts replaced. once they've hit the showroom if there are issues during delivery.
 

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Hello Matty,

Thank you for your response.

My reference to transparency, as explained in the post, refers to the obscuring of the number plate on this particular vehicle. In Andrew’s usual transparent fashion, the number plates are clearly displayed on all of the other UP GTI’s he has in stock.

I stand by my comment, the thread title and subsequent related post(s) within the thread.

With regards to your paragraph opening with “There’s nothing wrong with what he’s doing”, legally, that is indeed the case and I haven’t written anything to the contrary.

A great number of motor traders all over the country regularly engage in what at best could be called unscrupulous practices, many of which it could also be argued that there’s nothing wrong with. However, Volkswizard provides a very refreshing and welcome change to the industry and has deservedly established himself a reputable brand through his transparency and very informative and well presented videos.

On this occasion, having found himself in somewhat of a dilemma by being unable to sell a modified vehicle ’as is” for a price he deems acceptable, and inviting owners of potential donor vehicles to a chargeable “swap-shop”, so as to maximise his returns. he is, at least by my book, acting in a way which is not consistent with the aforementioned, and again, well deserved, reputation.

As the vehicle in question is on a 19 plate, let’s, for the purposes of my next point assume that it’s approximately a year old. I can’t help but wonder how someone would feel if they had saved long and hard, and may even succumbed to becoming indebted for what for many, especially younger drivers, may be their dream car, and decided to buy this particular nearly-new example once it has been restored to its original state thanks to a number of willing donors. Unless full disclosure is made both before and at the time of purchase, they would be completely unaware of its somewhat chequered history, only to discover shortly after that the seats, exhaust system, air intake, suspension and whatever else had been removed, replaced with alternative non-OEM parts and some months later replaced again with OEM parts form a number of donor vehicles so that the supplying, ”reputable” independent specialist could turn a profit.

If this was me, or one of my kids, I think my heart would sink, and that I’d been sold a lemon from a rogue trader.

However, if full disclosure is indeed made, and the price adjusted on reflection, then I believe that this would be perfectly acceptable.

I’m quite sure that many “motor traders” as you refer to them wouldn’t even think twice, but I’m not suggesting for a second that if selling it himself, Andrew would withhold such information, and considering the circumstances, he may even ultimately pass the vehicle on to another trader to retail so as not to besmirch his reputation.

Only time will tell, or he may even be along soon to enlighten us all ! 😀
 
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